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MAS and NYC Team Up on CITI

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A new partnership between the Municipal Art Society’s Planning Center and New York City gives users of the city government’s website direct access to the interactive maps and data featured on the Planning Center’s CITI website. The current CITI website provides access to detailed property information including zoning, ownership, land use and lot dimensions. Over time, city officials will add new data and functions to the widely used map portal.

“To its credit, the city has recognized the importance of providing online maps and planning-related data to the public. This is a step toward a more transparent planning process where citizens and government can share information to make more informed decisions about the future of our neighborhoods,” Planning Center Director Micaéla Birmingham said.

CITI, which stands for Community Information Technology Initiative, started as a demonstration of the usefulness of publicly accessible geographic information systems, or GIS, data as a tool for community participation in local planning. The CITI website began as a planning-focused online tool that built on the existing framework of www.oasisnyc.net.

Through the Planning Center, CITI continues to provide training and technical assistance to community-based organizations, community boards and individuals seeking to better understand this and other mapping resources.

In June, Micaéla and Steven Romalewski, of the Community Assistance Mapping Project, won the American Planning Association NY Metro Chapter’s William H. Whyte Award, which recognizes creativity in planning projects, for their work on CITI.